Malvern, Pa.-based Siemens Healthineers announces that the U.S. FDA has cleared SOMATOM X.ceed, a single-source CT scanner that combines high-speed scanning capabilities with a new hardware/software combination to streamline CT-guided interventions. Featuring an 82-cm bore, the scanner is designed for all diagnostic procedures, particularly cardiac and trauma imaging.

According to Siemens officials, the SOMATOM X.ceed has the fastest rotation speed on a single-source CT at 0.25s to ensure a high native temporal resolution and reduce motion artifacts when scanning moving structures such as the heart. Moreover, it possesses the fastest scan speed at 262mm/s for consistent image quality across the entire field of view.

Further, a key feature of the SOMATOM X.ceed is myNeedle Companion, a new approach to CT-guided interventions that combines hardware innovations and software to coordinate the planning and guidance of percutaneous needle procedures. One version of myNeedle Companion includes myNeedle 3D, a software package that supports complex interventional procedures and includes as an option a scanner-integrated laser guidance system.

Finally, established myExam Companion user guidance software employs artificial intelligence to help standardize scanner operation for each user. myExam Companion also provides a new decision tool for trauma imaging, and the new myExam Satellite feature allows immediate assessment of CT perfusion results, which can be useful in emergency radiology.

“With the SOMATOM X.ceed, Siemens Healthineers expands its portfolio of high-end, single-source CT scanners that leverages the myExam Companion intelligent user interface to standardize and streamline workflows as well as provide optimal image quality at the lowest possible dose,” says Douglas Ryan, vice president of the CT business at Siemens Healthineers North America.

Ryan adds, “The addition of myNeedle Companion can help healthcare professionals perform simple and complex interventional procedures with greater confidence. And the high image quality resulting from the scanner’s fast rotation and scan speeds, coupled with its high resolution, can help lead to more informed decisions.”